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Barcelona 4-1 Roma Champions League 2018: match report

Barcelona needed some help with two own goals but they saw off Roma 4-1 in the first leg of their clash and look set for another semi-final berth.
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Barcelona 4-1 Roma: match report

Luis Suarez's late strike sealed a 4-1 win for Barcelona against Roma in their Champions League quarter-final, first leg on Wednesday to leave the Catalans on the brink of a place in the last four.

Lionel Messi was not among the goals on his return to the Barca starting line-up but a pair of own goals from Daniele De Rossi and Kostas Manolas had the hosts in control at the Camp Nou.

Gerard Pique made it three, with Edin Dzeko pulling one back before Suarez completed the scoring late on. Roma have a mountain to climb in next Tuesday's return.

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Lionel Messi and co. are back in action after an epic comeback against Sevilla that saw them steal a point at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in LaLiga at the weekend despite being 2-0 down. Roma, for their part, drew with Bologna and sit third in the league a long way behind Juventus and Napoli.

Ernesto Valverde only has one of his starters potentially missing with Sergio Busquets still suffering from the toe injury he suffered against Chelsea in the same competition in the last 16 game. Phillippe Coutinho is ineligible, Yerry Mina and Aleix Vidal have been left out of the squad and Lucas Digne is also out injured.

Meanwhile, Eusebio Di Francesco is sweating over Radjna Nainggolan, who is reportedly set to start from the bench tonight. Cengiz Ünder is out too along with Rick Karsdorp. Lorenzo Pellegrini, who has been struggling for fitness himself will reportedly start instead of the Belgian midfielder.

Monchi, the club's sporting director, spoke with AS recently and says the club are very keen to win a trophy and while the Champions League seems like a long shot, they are in the last eight and have nothing to lose against a Barca side that are aiming for a treble.


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